Greg Minnaar • The Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation South Africa Skip to content


In the world of mountain biking, an iconic figure named Greg Minnaar stands out as a legend. Hailing from South Africa, his exceptional skills on downhill tracks are only matched by his deep passion for sports and wildlife conservation.

Greg’s story began when he, known as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time), burst onto the scene at just 17, showcasing his extraordinary talent in specific World Cup races. His remarkable early achievements caught the attention of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, recognizing his dedication to sports and conservation, appointing him as one of its distinguished ambassadors in 2022.

His rise to greatness continued steadily. At 19, he joined the esteemed Global Racing Team, swiftly climbing to the top of his discipline, securing the overall World Cup Points Series in Elite Downhill. This achievement solidified his position as a formidable force in the mountain biking realm.

Throughout the following years, Greg faced both triumphs and challenges. In 2003, he made a significant move to Team Haro Lee Dungarees, where he became a World Champion of Downhill at the young age of 21. His success continued as he joined Team G Cross Honda in 2004, leading to another World Cup Points Series Overall Victory in 2005.

However, every great story has its obstacles. In 2007, during a crucial World Championship final run, Greg endured a dislocated and fractured shoulder, casting doubts on his future in the sport. Undeterred, he bravely got back on the bike, securing a hard-earned fourth-place finish—a testament to his unwavering determination.

In 2008, when Honda exited the sport, Greg faced another challenge. Joining the Santa Cruz Syndicate team, he stood alongside esteemed teammates like Steve Peat, Nathan Rennie, and Josh Bryceland.

Despite these ups and downs, Greg’s star continued to shine. In 2011, he was appointed to the inaugural Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Athletes’ Commission—an acknowledgment of his influence in the cycling community.

‘The GOAT’ has made an indelible mark on downhill mountain biking, with an impressive record showcasing his dominance. Four UCI Downhill World Championship titles, numerous podium finishes, and an outstanding 23 World Cup career victories place him at the peak of male professional downhill mountain bike racing—a lasting tribute to his exceptional skill, perseverance, and legacy in the sport’s history.